As the parent or guardian of a teenage driver, you are understandably concerned about allowing your young adult to take control of the vehicle. Watching your teen pull out of the driveway in your car can be a stressful experience. When you have taken the time to lay down the ground rules, you can relax a bit, even if not totally. The following is a great set of rules for any teenage driver.
Your teen should not be permitted to use their phone in the vehicle for any purposes outside of an emergency. That includes Bluetooth receivers that allow for hands-free phone conversations. Laws prevent people from texting and driving, and punishments are harsher for teens.
No texting should go without saying, especially with a no phone rule. Be implicit with your teenager and include the no texting rule along with the no cell phone rule. It takes 4.6 seconds to cover the length of a football field…the same amount of time that texting, on average, takes your focus off of the road.
If the car your teen is driving does not have daytime running lights, insist that they keep their headlights on at all times. Headlights increase the vehicle’s visibility to other drivers. When your teen gets in the habit of turning on the lights automatically, you don’t have to worry that they are not using them early in the morning or late in the evening.
Make sure that your teen is familiar with the traffic laws in the area. Speed limits should be obeyed, and traffic laws should be followed. Your teen should have learned these in driver’s ed.
Even a single passenger in the car can increase your teen’s chance for being involved in an accident. Until your young adult gets more experience behind the wheel, no passengers allowed.
Make sure your teen understands that they are in the car to drive, and only to drive. Cars are not night clubs, they aren’t bedrooms, and they aren’t restaurants. Distracted driving is one of the number one causes of accidents among teenagers.
There is nothing that will eliminate the stress you feel at the thought of your teen getting behind the wheel. Knowing that they understand the ground rules can make you feel a bit more at ease. Take the time to tell your teen exactly what you expect, and don’t expect, when they are in control of a vehicle.
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